Metal Patternmaker

Lay out, mill, drill, and assemble parts to make metal foundry patterns.
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Salary Range
$24,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Metal Patternmakers do?

Lays out, mills, drills, turns, grinds, fits, and assembles castings and parts to make metal foundry patterns, core boxes, and match plates, using handtools and machine tools, and analyzing specifications, according to knowledge of patternmaking methods: Studies blueprint of part to be cast, computes dimensions, and plans sequence of operations. Measures, marks, and scribes layout on castings [LAY-OUT WORKER]. Sets up and operates machine tools, such as milling machines, lathes, drill presses, and grinders, to machine castings to specifications [TOOL-MACHINE SET-UP OPERATOR]. Assembles pattern, using handtools, and bolts, screws, or other fasteners. Cleans and hand finishes workpiece, using emery cloth, files, scrapers, and powered hand grinders. Verifies conformance of machined pattern to blueprint specifications, using templates and measuring instruments, such as scale, calipers, and micrometers. May make templates for layout and inspection [TEMPLATE MAKER]. May operate welding equipment in assembling pattern [WELDER, COMBINATION].

Should I be a Metal Patternmaker?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Filer, Metal Patterns, Journeyman Patternmaker, Metal Mold Maker, Metal Pattern Maker, Metal Patternmaker Apprentice See More

    How to become a Metal Patternmaker

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